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Betwixt and Between: Great Power Competition and ASEAN’s Relations with Japan and the United States

The power struggle between China and the United States has led to a competition between Beijing and Washington to bring like-minded countries into their respective folds. With the ongoing conflict between the two countries changing the security, trade, and diplomatic landscape of the Asia-Pacific region, there has also been a rise in Southeast Asia-centered regionalism. This discussion will outline some scenarios concerning the future of ASEAN by focusing on the evolving great power competition and prospects for ASEAN centrality.

Date & Time

Sep. 9, 2016
10:00am – 11:30am

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Betwixt and Between: Great Power Competition and ASEAN’s Relations with Japan and the United States

The power struggle between China and the United States has led to a competition between Beijing and Washington to bring like-minded countries into their respective folds. With the ongoing conflict between the two countries changing the security, trade, and diplomatic landscape of the Asia-Pacific region, there has also been a rise in Southeast Asia-centered regionalism. ASEAN’s unity has diminished amid a rise of two camps, one pro-United States, and one pro-China. In addition, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has divided Southeast Asian nations between TPP and non-TPP members. At the same time, the changing dynamics has increased expectations for Japan not just economically, but also politically as well as militarily. This discussion will outline some scenarios concerning the future of ASEAN by focusing on the evolving great power competition and prospects for ASEAN centrality.

This event is hosted jointly with the U.S.-Japan Research Institute.

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